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, the senior senator from new hampshire, and i am pleased to be here with my colleague, senator ayotte, to welcome to this reception celebrating the life and service of warren rudman. we are honored to join in hosting this reception. senator rudman has been hailed as a public servant who reached across party lines to get the job done for his country and his state. warren rudman's independence and courage, his focus on maintaining good government, and fierce loyalty to his home state, new hampshire, is something we in congress strive to attain. we will miss him, but we will try to live by the standards he set. i remember back when he was chairing the iran-contra hearings in this room. even though we were from different parties, thinking how proud i was that he represented the state of new hampshire. i offer my condolences to the entire rudman family, to his wife, margaret, to children and grandchildren. looking at the celebrated speakers who are here today to remember warren rudman, it is clear just how significant his contributions were to the senate and to this country. i am pleased t
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to a republican senator, kelly ayotte who has been leading the charge to get the victims' families answers they still do not have. have. martha: a fox news alert to capitol hill. a classified briefing on benghazi is code you would -- scheduled to get underway right now. a members only meeting in the house with the country's top intelligence officer at the helm at that. a brand new hour in "america's newsroom." we're glad to the have you with us on this wednesday. i'm martha maccallum. bill: i'm bill hemmer. james clapper and officials from other agencies meeting with these law makers after increasing pressure out of congress for answers and nearly three months after the four americans were murdered. martha: we're joined by chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge. she joins us live from capitol hill. what do we hope to learn today, catherine? >> reporter: good morning. last time we had a briefing on the hill for all the members of the house was the first week of september right after the attack or rather the second week of september and today we also expect all the major players
the panel. is there a case for susan rice as secretary of state. >> senator john mccain and susan ayotte feel they have a case again her in relates to benghazi before the election because susan rice after the incident happened, that the murder of ambassador stevens went on the sunday morning talk shows and said that the demonstrations were related to the islamic video that some kid in california made. and what they want to know is why susan rice, u.n. ambassador, was sent out there and why she was sticking with the story that was crumbling almost as she was saying it. >> paul: the intelligence talking points and not trying to be dishonest. >> two points, they want to know whether the administration was politicizing or trying to protect the president from an ugly event in libya just before the election, and second, the more serious policy issue is what exactly was the administration, the white house and the state department, doing during that period when this big fire fight was taking place in benghazi? and i think the white house has been trying to sweep this issue away in the wake of th
on the jon stewart show. >> you have bobby jindal, kelly ayotte, ted cruz -- unless you are barack obama, you don't imagine yourself as president before you even serve in this and it. [laughter] he will have to wait. obama, of course, is the one exception. but this is a strong young outfield. mitch daniels and in jeb bush on the outside. what this tells you is what could have been in 2012. you remember the line of it republican candidates earlier this year, it was not exactly a credit to the party. and 20 debate heard them. -- hurt them. >> the quarantined governor christie and the new jersey has a 72% favorable job rating among his constituents, the highest ever recorded by quinnipiac -- i mean, of any governor of any state. whenever republicans have done to shun him has worked very well in the garden state. [laughter] >> what about some of these other names? another democratic name? joe biden? too old? >> andrew cuomo. >> governor of maryland, martin o'malley. all those people in nation themselves as potential -- >> will they really challenge celebrate? there is -- challenge hillary? >> the
, senator graham, senator mccain and senator ayotte who i think now replaced joe liebermen of the three amigos, made the impact on foreign policy, and i thought between the fiscal cliff and newtown, connecticut that the story would kind of fade away. i don't think it will. i think the pressure on secretary clinton to testify while she's still in office, as secretary of state, and then whatever carryover that takes over to senator kerry of massachusetts confirmation hearings, secretary of state sometime early next year, i think the story has a lot of legs coming in 2013. >> jon: we know that susan rice lost her chance to become secretary of state because she went out on the talk shows and spawned the videos. >> the board concluded there was no protests prior to the attacks which were unanticipated in their scale and intensity. a lot of people in the media bought the administration's spin. should there be you know, repercussions to that? >> the amazing thing about the way this whole story has been covered ap the way that certain news outlets continue to cover it as a political attack on t
al-sharia mud hens. (laughter) so susan rice met yesterday with senators mccain, graham and ayotte to clear the air. how did that go? >> ambassador rice i think does not do justice to the reality at the time and in hindsight clearly was completely wrong. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate. >> jon: here's the deal: they may be right. though on the scale of public misstatements, rice's comments seem to fall more for the embarrassing evidence of institutional disorganization end of the scale. (laughter) but here's the thing: these two don't get to be the ones who self-righteously get angry about this. they're upset she may have passed bad intel, wittingly or unwittingly to the american people. remember these two from a decade ago? >> saddam hussein continues to acquire, amass, and improve on his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. he continues to acquire -- attempt to acquire a nuclear weapon. these are all well-known facts. >> let's act
points. and that is exactly what senator ayotte is also saying. kelly ayotte, the republican from new hampshire. what we know is that ambassador rice saw the presidential daily briefing. the classified intelligence. that had the very detailed, classified information about the al qaeda linked group al sharia. the fact that they thought that this was planned from the very beginning to be a terrorist attack when they put that up the chain within the first few hours. but there wasn't a spontaneous demonstration. a lot of people say that this story is dissolving a roaring away. if ambassador rice is nominated to the secretary of state position, this will be a big talking moment during those hearings. jon: we heard the president many times saying that osama bin laden was dead. they carried out attack killed the first american ambassador in 30 years. that leaves talk on the question as to the stories that they were putting on morning shows. reporter: sure. ambassador rice has admitted she chose the wrong words. twice in those five sunday shows, she said that al qaeda was decimated. now, she
the framework, but we'll help fill in the details as we go forward. >> senator ayotte, there's not much time left here, and it does seem like an inordinate amount of time, almost a month has passed, and we have a description of stalemate and way far apart. >> candy, i see that as swre disappointing, a big problem. that's why i didn't like seeing that essentially it was a rerun of his budget that couldn't get support from either party in the house or the senate. it is time. i see, you know -- for the speaker to come forward and put revenue on the table, that was -- >> he put revenue on the table the day after the election. >> that was very difficult. i know that mark understands that, but the primary drivers of our fiscal crisis when we think about it, we don't want to go bankrupt. we don't want to be like greece. entitlement reforms, the majority of our spending, and also to make sure that those programs are preserved 2024 medicare is insolvent. social security 2023. it is time for us to come together and solve the big problems. >> do you think entitlements have to be on the table? >> puttin
this embarrassing thing that mccain and graham and ayotte and others went on. >> well, whether she deserved it or not the speculation now, as you heard in that john kerry's . a super still in his 20s, and he had ambition to be president of the 123450i9s frunited state young age. he got pilloried at a carpetbagger. he couldn't win a congressional set. spent ten years in the political wilderness -- >> i want to bring in andrea mitchell, and andrea, what are you hear being susan rice withdrawing her name? >> i think this had become sort of an impossible challenge for her to be confirmed, she realized that, the white house realized it as well. i think they know they are on good political solid ground. this is not going to help republicans at all, the fact that a woman and a woman of color has been forced out of a confirmation process even before she was nominated. she clearly was the president's choice, but i think what happened is that it became untenable, that they began to look through the critics all sorts of other aspects of her background, her finances, the kinds of things that would norm
. >> those statements, i take it, from either senator mccain, lindsey graham or ayotte? >> reporter: senator graham told me especially there was no way he was going to let her nomination go forward. as you just heard, the president made a point of noting that he he was very unhappy with what he called the distortions of susan rice, particularly with her record of benghazi. it's important to note that benghazi was the flash point that might have taken her nomination down before it even started but it was beyond that. it was also just the feeling that she was too political and may be better to be the national security adviser as jessica just reported because it's more political and she doesn't need senate confirmation. >> everyone stand by. gloria borger is here in "the situation room" watching what is going on as well. we were bracing for an announcement of the new national security team next week. we didn't know if the president was going to dig down and fight aggressively for susan rice by writing this letter to the president, she has withdrawn her name? >> i've just spoke with a source clo
concussion. in the meantime, we will ask kelly ayotte what she would like to hear once secretary clinton eventually does come before lawmakers. >>> and investigators checking on a new angle while they try to explain what led to the newtown shooting. why they are now looking into the gun nan's --man's yes metic makeup. -- genetic makeup. >>> and president obama sparking a new debate after appearing to suggest that the reason it's so hard to get a deal done is because republican lawmakers just don't like him. >> it is very hard for them to say yes to me. but, you know, at some point, you know, they've got to take me out of it. and think about their voters.tys and think about what -- clear, huh? i'm not juice or fancy water. i've gotine grams of protein. that's three times more than me! [ female announcer ] ensure clear. nine grams protein. zero fat. in blueberry/pomegranate and peach. to the number 1 club in the world. the potential of manchester united unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. megyn: fox news alert, a 100-mile stretch of interstate 80 in nebraska has been
ayotte. ted cruz from texas. >> bret: susana martinez. >> exactly. a loa lot -- long and inspiring list of the few leaders with ide log call energy and intellectual depth. economassuming our economy is sl around is going to mark an open seat. since 5953. with -- 1953, one party held the white house for two term, they have been kicked out. the one exception is reagan reagan-bush. calendar of history is you get two terms. the other guy will come in. this is a prize and it will bring out, i think, the best young leaders. >> bret: right now, people are tired of the election. but about the messaging and from the speeches did you hear a framing of a new conservative message? >> yes. in a sense the return to old conservative message. but i expect to hear reform conservative a bit in the coming years. what sets apart the people that charles mentioned, particularly these two fellows is the fact that they came to washington -- they ran for office to do something and get stuff done. the republican party have people to run for office to hold the office. tracking of governor or senator. that's not w
with mccain and i believe lindsey graham and then kelly ayotte and they said after the meeting, we feel worse. >> they said things were not cleared up. another pivotal moment, after the meetings with those senators, who already kind of noted they were opposed to susan rice before the meetings, they came out with more questions. you had a moderate republican in susan collins within days who met with susan rice. she came out saying i'm not sure i can support this nomination if she's nominated. when you have a moderate republican who is a supporter of the president's democratic nominees saying i'm not sure about this, a female senator in susan collins, it was clear the votes were not there for susan rice to be secretary of state. >> thank you very much. >>> mike emanuel, who we were talking to about the john boehner and president obama meeting, there's another piece of news. >> a lot of people on capitol hill are wonder whether the president wanted a fight over the next secretary of state. a lot of republican senators here were saying that essentially he should have the person that he want
the facts about benghazi. other agencies are stone walling on libya. senator ayott, going beyond any one individual. they can't even be mag nam mouse in the face of such states woman ship that was demonstrated by this ambassador, susan rice, today, governor, o'maley? >> yes, it's hard for them. the republican party has twisted itself in the sense of a corkscrew state. that they're just having a hard time right now as a party. it would be great if the party of lincoln would reemerge and take control of what's been made of the republican party. we have very serious issues to grow our economy. to strengthen our middle class. and these republicans, both in the senate in this case and republican governors tend to focus their efforts on rolling back women's rights, rolling back workers rights, instead of focusing on the things that make us safer and more secure and to grow our economy and strengthen our middle class. people, i think, are not going to be very forgiving of this. i do believe that what they see abld what's happened in michigan with the passage of right to work, really the right t
and kelly ayotte on u.n. ambassador susan rice focusing on her scripted television appearances following the benghazi tragedy today ambassador rice withdrew her name from consideration to be nominated for secretary of state. in an interview with brian williams, rice pointed to the distraction the republican attacks have caused. >> today i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country for the american people that i not continue to be considered by the president for nomination as secretary of state because i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done, as a country. and the first several months of the second term president's agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done. we're talking about comprehensive immigration reform balanced deficit reduction, job creation, that's what matters and to the extent that my nomination could have delayed or distracted or d
to give her a break. see what she has to say. mccain, lindsey graham and colin, couple -- and ayotte spent hours with her behind closed doors and came out with a face like uh-oh, this is going to be a problem. they were trying to give her the benefit of the doubt and realized they couldn't she has no choice. >> dana: there is an art of floating somebody's fame for something, they didn't do it well. >> andrea: they created this mess from day one. they floated her name. they are the ones that pushed it. now, they think this is good for them. it really do think this is good for them. the president issued a statement that said we can't believe, we're disappointed in republicans. if i were her, i would say you know what? spare me. you have have done enough to hurt me. now i look like a victim. she should have said weeks ago i think we talked about this on america's newsroom, she should say i don't want it. >> dana: happy where i am. >> bob: if you float a name for secretary of state and don't do it by giving her talking points on controversial issue and put it on a talk show. >> dana: that aren
, first of all with her chief republican foes, senators mccain, graham and ayotte, but more importantly it was probably with a republican who hadn't quite made up her mind, the moderate republican from maine, susan collins. by all accounts, that meeting did not go well at all, because according to a source familiar with that meeting, she didn't want to answer really basic questions and got frustrated and maybe even a little prickly at some of the basic questions. and after that, the feeling even among some democrats who talked to these republicans was they really weren't sure if she can't handle meetings with u.s. senators, how is she going to be on the world stage representing the u.s. there? so, that definitely was an issue. there's no question that the president in his statement made clear that he didn't think susan rice was treated fairly. there's no question there was politics at play here by republicans who were really, really angry about benghazi, and she illustrated that, but it was more than that. it was also personality driven, because democrats even think she is very smart an
with senators john mccain, kelly ayotte, lindsey graham, susan collins. if the white house really wants to put her in the position and get her confirmed, they probably want to rip that band-aid off and do it soon. anything later might be tougher for her just because there's a drip drip of information that could end up hurting her candidacy. >> i want to plak a jokey joke moment between senator john kerry and senator mccain. >> senator mccain. >> thank you very much, mr. secretary. >> thank you very much, mr. president. this is what happens when you get two losers up here, folks. we're just having fun. >> they're just having fun. obviously, though, a little sensitivity. folks in d.c. wanted to be clear they know that was a joking moment. nevertheless you know folks when you hear these things they wonder what's next for senator kerry. >> one of the big parlor games is a lot of democrats believe that one of the reasons you had republicans go so hard after susan rice is they would prefer to see john kerry at secretary of state mainly because that would trigger a special election in massachusetts w
's biggest advocates. kelly ayotte voted for it. mississippi senator thad cochrane voted in favor and then as it was going down switched his vote to no. cochrane up in 2014. mississippi more worried about a primary than a general. this is one of of the saddest days i've seen in almost 28 years in the senate. and it needs to be a wake-up call about a broken institution that's letting down the american people. the g 0 op divide was on full display yesterday in both chambers. so was the republican attempt to move past the losses in 2012. there was a tribute to honor the late jack kemp. two men who had their eye on 2016. congressman paul ryan and marco rubio laid out their visions for expanding the appeal to the middle class. clear from the outset that the night was about moving past mitt romney. ryan welcomed rubio to the dinner, by the way, by joking about potential early state r run-ins the two of them may have ahead of them. >> i'll see you at the reunion can dinner for two. notice any good diners in new hampshire or iowa? >> paul, thank you for your invitation for lunch in iowa a
credit. john mccain, kelly ayotte senator brasso scott brown, susan collins, olympia snowe, dick lugar lease a mckowski. the rest voted no lead by tea partyer mike lee from utah and the tea party said, no no, we can't do this because this is going to interfere with our national so far writtenty. no, it's not. and. >> and this is going to interfere with parents' rights to control their own children. >> we all want to support the best interest of the child every child but i and many of my constituents including those who send their children to private or religious schools very long justifiable doubts that foreign u.n. body, a committee operating out of geneva switzerland should decide what is in the best interest of the child at home. insane. totally insane. >> that's are the flat earnthers. mike lee was joined by surprise surprise, rick santorum that said this will prevent parents. again, again, the treaty on disabledties just says all of the disabled people around the world should have the same opportunities that the united states does. hold the unite
't. the thing that really killed it, they understood, john mccain, lindsey graham, kelly ayotte opposed her. the thing that killed it when she met susan collins who introduced her at her confirmation hearing and been a rise supporter and said there were serious questions about the nomination. at that point the handwriting was on the wall. bill: she is considered a moderate, if you have a good chance of getting through that would be the sign you have a chance but what graham just said, she was the most politically compliant person they could find, that's loaded. >> well i mean this goes back to what she said in the aftermath of those benghazi attacks when she said it wasn't a terrorist act. it was the result of spontaneous protests against that islamic video. we know that susan rice was picked in part because of her intense loyalty to president obama. not like she is the best-loved person in washington. it is the fact she has been with the president for quite a while. she was a clinton person and went with obama early in 2006 and 2007. there is a lot of loyalty there and the president could
kelly ayotte. [applause] she was the first new hampshire woman elected to congress in 2006. please join me in welcoming representative elect carol shea-porter. [applause] [applause] and our newly elected official representing new hampshire's second district, representative elect ann mclane kuster. [applause] [applause] finally this morning, the new governor for the state of new hampshire -- please join me in welcoming governor elect maggie hassan. [applause] [applause] >> welcome. [no audio]so exciting. thank you all so much for coming. good morning. so great to see all of you this morning. thank you so much. i really appreciate it. good morning. we have a lot to talk about this morning. in my world, never enough time -- i am sure yours as well. i'm just going to jump right in. i hope we can have a great, well-rounded conversation. the first question i want to ask you is something we talked about -- on the day after the election, people all over the united states seemed so profoundly excited. viewing it as a historic moment. i have to ask you, what does it mean to you? i'm really wonder
republicans actually voted to approve the measure, like senator john mccain and kelly ayotte, to name a few. others b others band together saying that if passed it will inhibit people in the united states. ana navaro and maria cardona joins us. in john mccain's words promote rights for disabled people, including our own veterans overseas? >> first of all i don't think it was a stand against people with disabilities. it was a stand against this treaty. it was a stand against a united nations treaty. there were a number of concerns. i read the statements by both john mccain and also some of the other senators that voted against. they're not tea party senators as senator reid is describing them. they are thoughtful people who pay attention, senators like lindsey graham, marco rubio, republicans who give -- who give a great credence to things like sovereignty and don't want to give authority to the united nations. they want the americans with disabilities act to be the golden standard by which we guide our actions. >> but isn't the treaty worded in pretty much exactly the same way as the americ
, sessions, chambliss, wicker, brown of massachusetts, portman, ayotte, collins, graham, cornyn and vitter. mr. whitehouse: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island is recognized. mr. whitehouse: may i ask unanimous consent that we continue in morning business until 7:00 p.m. the presiding officer: is there an objection? no objection, so ordered. mr. whitehouse: i note the absencabsence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: mr. begich: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from alaska is recognized. beck beck recognized. mr. begich: i ask we vacate the quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. begich: you now lay before the senate a message from the house with respect to h.r. 2838. the presiding officer: the clerk lays before the senate a message from the house. the clerk: resolve that the house agree to the amendment of the senate to the title of the bill h.r. 2838, a title enact to authorize appropriations for coast guard for fiscal years 2012 through 2015 and for
? john mccain, lindsey graham, kelly ayotte picking this fight with susan rice for basically following the talking points the intel community gave her? >> well, i do think there are going to be some hardcore supporters of susan rice who believe that this was done unfairly. that she was a victim of this. that she was a victim of a feeding frenzy of a group of folks, whether it was on talk radio, whether it was on other conservative outlets who were attempting to make her the story, make her the issue instead of going where it should have been, which is there clearly was some sort of intelligence breakdown. a problem in the intelligence community. a problem in the intelligence community that we thought we were trying to solve post-9/11. that was the issue here. she was just -- got turned into a punching bag. did it go over the top? and i think that there might be some introspection there. i don't think there's any long-term hits on that front. i do think what's interesting for the president is the three big jobs now openings, treasury, defense and state. the front-runners are all white m
, brown of massachusetts, portman, ayotte, collins, gramm, cornyn, and vitter. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: i move to proceed to h.r. 6516, which is the russia moll did a have a trade agreement. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: motion to proceed to calendar number 552, h.r. 6156, an act to authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment, normal trade relations treatment, to products of the russian federation and moldova and to require reports on the compliance of the russian federation with its obligations as a member of the world trade organization and for other purposes. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from -- mr. mccain: i thank the -- the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: i would like to thank the majority leader for his patience in allowing this legislation to be completed. i would note that there was 145 amendments, and many recorded votes and good debate and discussion over very important issues, and i thank the majority leader for allow
on that. the families of those killed in libya still looking for answers even today. senator kelly ayotte on what they need to know and what they should know. the doctor shortage that many fear is already happening today and we will see in the next two hours speaker boehner and the president, separate events as that cliff draws near. martha and i will see you ten minutes away here on "america's newsroom" i love the holidays. and with my bankamericard cash rewards credit card, i love 'em even more. i earn 1% cash back everywhere, evertime. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. that's 1% back on... [ toy robot sounds ] 2% on pumpn pie. and apple. 3% back on 4 trips to the airport. it's as easy as.. -[ man ] 1... -[ woman ] 2... [ woman ] 3. [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. >> gretchen: when that tsunami hit thailand in 2004, super model petra survived by clinging to a tree for over eight hours. her fiance, unfortunately, swept away. her life was changed forever, so she decided to take a brea
northeastern nod rate republicans, susan collins and kelly ayotte, joined the angry white men, you know, graham and mccain, and then it couldn't be a male-female issue against this poor beleaguered black woman -- >> brian: you don't believe that. >> gretchen: angry old white men? >> i am speaking expansesively and metaphorly and for effect here. but it became clear she couldn't be the beleaguered damsel in distress. the poor black embattled ambassador. it became clear that she was the minimum price. i have to say one more sentence. she was the minimum price to pay for the administration's disassembling on the facts and circumstances of the benghazi attack. she was going to be the minimum price that the democrats that the obama administration had to pay for that clear offense just as i believe the tax hike on the 2% is the minimum price the republicans have to pay for losing the election. in washington you make minimum prices. she's the sacrificial lamb. >> gretchen: i totally agree with you, it was the senator from maine, that that was -- collins, that was it, because she is the moderate. if yo
senators mccain, .raham and ayotte >> good afternoon, i am joined by other senators to comment on the tragedy surrounding benghazi. it has been more than three months after the attack that killed four americans, including the ambassador. the american people are beginning to get the answers they deserve, but there are more relevant questions that still need to be answered. the report of the state department's accountability review board is a serious and credible effort that identifies failures of officials and institutions in the department. several people have lost their jobs. it is a good start, but only a start. the tragedy raised other serious questions about our military, intelligence community, and perhaps most importantly the administration's so-called light footprint approach to libya. it does not provide answers to these questions because it never asked them. eight is essential for the department to conduct an accountability effort on the occasion of the worst terrorist attack in american history of repeated attacks on u.s. and western interests in benghazi. why were no
senator kelly ayotte along with her fellow senators, lindsey graham and john mccain in a fairly blistering assessment of the report that came out from the accountability review board on what happened in benghazi. and we have a couple of experts here who can talk about what she is senators had to say just now. judy miller, fox news contribute tore, who has made many, many trips reporting to that part of the world. rick grenell, spokesman for four u.s. ambassadors to the united nations. in particular senator graham suggested, i mean he was asking the question, essentially, what did the president know and when did he know it? there are some real questions to be asked raised by this report, this accountability review board report about what happened in benghazi. >> yeah. we were taking notes. i think actually the headline for me was that secretary clinton may have not sat for interviews for this report. senator graham was questioning whether or not she actually was interviewed. if that's the case, jon, that's outrageous that we have a sitting secretary of state who said, i take responsibility
.s. consulate in ben gas day. but new hampshire's republican senator kelly ayotte insists rice knew more than she was letting on. >> she did. that information she had reviewed before going on the sunday shows, went on the sunday shows, went well beyond the talking points. >> what we should be focused on is not so much what was said about which talking points but how did the tragedy where four americans were kimmed in benghazi happen? >> senator mark warner says republicans and democrats should stop fighting and focus on making sure state department employees around the world are properly protected. >>> a high ranking leader of al qaeda in iraq has been arrested in northern baghdad. two senior security officials would only reveal it's a senior leader of the group, and are not revealing his name for security reasons. >>> do you think your morning commute is rough? check this out. >> man. >> 125 mile long traffic jam between moscow and st. petersburg. russia this weekend, imagine this, something like dense fog after days of heavy snow. to slow things down. to a super crawl. in some places, two f
today -- and ayotte i don't think this is an organized effort. my phones, you might want to check your office but my office phones are bouncing off the hook. from people in vermont and all over this country saying do not cut social security. so i would say to the american people, right now a deal is being hatched which would cut social security, cut social security and benefits for disabled benefits for disabled veterans, raise taxes on low-income workers. if you think that that is a bad idea, you might want to get a hold of your senator or member of the house. so, mr. president, let me just conclude by saying in my view, deficit reduction is a serious issue. we, as you know, have already cut $1.5 trillion in programs as a result of the agreements in 2010 and 2011. and up to this point the millionaires and billionaires have not distributed -- contributed up with nickel, one nickel more in taxes. so, mr. president, deficit reduction is a serious issue. i look forward to playing an active role this in making sure we address that serious problem. but i will do everything in my power to ma
much. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from new hampshire. ms. ayotte: are we out of a quorum call right now? the presiding officer: we are not in a quorum call. the presiding officer: thank you, madam president. madam president, i would like to say a few words about my friend, joe lieberman, the gentleman from connecticut. shortly after i arrived in the senate, senator lieberman was april signed to serve as my mentor. someone from the other side of the aisle who would be a source of wisdom and guidance as i made my way in my first term in the senate. i considered myself extremely fortunate that he agreed to mentor me. we are both from new england, we both had the privilege of serving our state as attorney general and have a deep respect for the rule of law, and we are both deeply concerned about issues impacting the security of our country. over the last two years, i have been able to work with senator lieberman more closely, and i have personally seen his character, his courage, and his conviction. both in tone and in substance, senator lieberman has
the >> also today senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayotte responded to a report about the benghazi attack. it said deficiencies at the state department led to the attack. >> good afternoon, i am joined by other senators to comment on the tragedy surrounding benghazi. it has been more than three months after the attack that killed four americans, including the ambassador. the american people are beginning to get the answers they deserve, but there are more relevant questions that still need to be answered. the report of the state department's accountability board -- review board is a serious and credible effort that identifies failures of officials and institutions in the department. several people have lost their jobs. it is a good start, but only a start. the tragedy raised other serious questions about our military, intelligence community, and perhaps most importantly the administration's so-called light footprint approach to libya. it does not provide answers to these questions because it never asked them. eight is essential for the department to conduct an accounta
to identify specific spending cuts, waste, fraud mr. ayotte: buse in the federal government, -- waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government, in order to prevent the sy billoussy billious quester from occurring. this sets aside for one year. but in exchange for that it has a net spending reduction of $236 billion. we think the path forward is even lower spending which is what this achieves and with that i'd like to yield five minutes to the gentleman, the chairman of the house armed services committee, mr. mckeon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. mckeon: mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman for yielding. i thank him for his efforts on this. today we will send to the senate a way out of this fiscal crisis. rather than react in defense of the president's position, i urge the other body to treat this package as a good-faith effort to protect america's middle class and small businesses from harmful tax hikes and to reduce spending to resolve sequestration. we know that the president is willing to put adjustments to entitlements on the table. this proposal provides a
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